Is acid stain good for concrete?
Concrete Stain Application Tips Acid stains are one of the oldest ways to color concrete. Most acid stains are a mixture of water, hydrochloric acid, and acid-soluble metallic salts. They work by penetrating the surface and reacting chemically with the hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) in the concrete.
How much does it cost to acid stain concrete DIY?
DIY concrete staining costs between $0.30 per square foot and $0.40 per square foot.
Is it hard to acid stain concrete?
Learning how to acid stain concrete isn’t difficult. Perform each step carefully before going on to the next step. Concrete should be fully cured before applying acid stain, so if your surface is new, wait 28 days before staining.
Do you have to etch concrete before acid staining?
DON’T etch floors with muriatic acid solutions before staining, in efforts to improve stain penetration. Acid washing depletes the lime content in the concrete, which is what the minerals in the acid stain react with to develop color. DO test all cleaning products first to verify their effectiveness.
Does vinegar etch concrete?
Etching – Vinegar’s ability to dissolve CaCO3 will dull your marble, travertine, concrete and terrazzo surfaces. It may “clean” the surface but it is also dissolving pits into the finish and effectively dulling it.
How many square feet will a gallon of concrete stain cover?
On average, acid stains will cover 200 to 400 square feet per gallon, while water based stains will cover slightly more at about 250 to 450 square feet per gallon.
Do you need to etch concrete before acid stain?
Despite what other websites say, most concrete floors do not need etching. If the concrete is very smooth (some builders trowel it smooth) then yes, you need to etch either with acid or with a floor grinder.
Do you seal concrete before staining?
Most stain manufacturers recommend applying two coats of sealer for optimum durability. The type of sealer you use will depend on whether the concrete is indoors or outdoors and what level of gloss is desired (see Concrete Floor Sealers).
Will bleach make concrete white?
Bleach is commonly used to whiten concrete and is very effective at doing so if the initial stain is removed beforehand. Bleaching stained concrete white prepares it for any additional coloring treatments that you may wish to apply in the future.